By Ann Shayne
Not every cable behaves well. Smooth and tidy isn’t always what happens.
In particular, a left-leaning cable can knit up too loose. It looks all, you know, unattractive.
Well, I finally remembered the tip I read from the Queen Of All Things Cabley, Melissa Leapman.
Her tip for making those left leaners look better is to work the purl stitch to the left of the last knit cable stitch by wrapping the yarn in the opposite direction from the usual way. It twists the stitch, tightening it. On the next row, when it appears as a twisted knit stitch, knit through the back of the stitch to untwist it.
Other Helpful Tidbits
Readers ask how to knit cables without a cable needle. The incomparable Grumperina explains it in her clear, surprisingly ungrumpy way here.
Another reader inquiry: How do you do an increase that is less noticeable than the Make 1?